University of Limerick, Ireland. Home to the new manufacturing tech development centre

Techs can help Ireland compete on costs says team behind new hub

15-Sep-2014 - Ireland once was a drug making nexus,Making meds sold from Cairo to Texas.But with key patents gone,Firms are keen to move on,And a new Limerick tech hub reflects this, says director.

EC rejig will see DG Entr take responsibility for EMA

EC rejig will see DG Enterprise and Industry take responsibility for EMA

15-Sep-2014 - The EU commission plans to strip DG Sanco of responsibility for the running the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and hand it to the directorate in charge of enterprise and industry.

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Human hair in heparin vial prompts Hospira recall

15-Sep-2014 - Hospira has pulled a lot of heparin sodium after human hair discovered in vial.

Sanofi, Amgen, FDA: All change

Sanofi, Amgen, FDA: All change

15-Sep-2014 - Who's in, who's out: all the latest changes in senior pharmaceutical appointments.

Unilife accelerates expansion to fulfill demand for delivery devices

Unilife accelerates expansion to fulfill demand for delivery devices

15-Sep-2014 - Unilife has invested in manufacturing capacity for its drug delivery devices ahead of schedule to support the accelerated commercial launch date of its customers' products.

Singapore researchers develop novel microneedle patch

Singapore researchers develop microneedle patch to better deliver pain meds

15-Sep-2014 - Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a microneedle patch that can deliver lidocaine in what they say is a “faster, more effective and painless” way.

Drug prices will continue to vary accross Africa says analyst

Drug prices will continue to vary accross Africa says analyst

11-Sep-2014 - High importation costs and country-to-country differences in national healthcare systems mean drugmakers will continue to vary the cost of products in Africa according to an industry analyst.

Tweet tweet... Patients share three times more adverse events on Twitter than official channels. (Picture: Jennie/Flickr)

@MHRA: regulators could track #drug reactions via Twitter

11-Sep-2014 - The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says Twitter, Facebook and smartphone apps could soon be used to gather adverse drug reactions (ADRs).

Cipla buys Indian plants from contractor

Cipla buys Indian plants from contractor

11-Sep-2014 - Indian drugmaker Cipla has bought two manufacturing facilities from its contractor Okasa Pharma.

Industry groups take issue with guidance on outsourcing facilities

Industry groups take issue with FDA draft guidance on outsourcing facilities

11-Sep-2014 - Industry groups BIO (Biotechnology Industry Association) and GPhA (Generic Pharmaceutical Association) are calling for outsourcing facilities to be held to the same standards as other, larger manufacturers.

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Natoli opens R&D site to study tablet formulation problems

10-Sep-2014 - The Natoli Engineering Company has opened an pharmaceutical research institute to look for answers to enduring formulation problems in solid oral dosage.

Molecular Profiles buys tech for liquid capsule manufacture

Molecular Profiles buys tech for liquid capsule manufacture

10-Sep-2014 - Molecular Profiles has expanded its capsule-filling services from solids to liquids with investment in equipment at its UK site.

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Purple not yet the new orange: US FDA biopharmaceuticals list lacks dates

10-Sep-2014 - A new list of biopharmaceuticals published by the US FDA provides limited information with only the entries for Neupogen, Perjecta and Granix including expiry dates.

A sign in Simonga village, Zambia. (Picture credit: Jon Rawlinson/Flickr)

Seaweed: the secret ingredient to HIV drug delivery?

09-Sep-2014 - Food scientists may have hit on a novel delivery method for HIV antiretrovirals: a vaginal suppository made with seaweed.

Hyperion ends drug candidate truials after discovering fake data

$20m Andromeda strains Hyperion as fake data ends diabetes drug development

09-Sep-2014 - Hyperion says it is “shocked and disheartened” after discovering Phase III trial data for a type 1 diabetes candidate was manipulated by employees of recently acquired Andromeda Biotech.

Glenn Chin was arrested at Logan International Airport.

Arrested: compounding pharmacist linked to 2012 meningitis deaths

09-Sep-2014 - US authorities have arrested Glenn Chin, a supervising pharmacist they say was involved in compounding the contaminated injections behind an outbreak of fungal meningitis that struck 751 patients and killed 64 in 2012.

Roche director resigns to avoid conflict with Google's Calico

Roche director resigns to avoid conflict of interest with Google's Calico

08-Sep-2014 - Plus senior hires at Merck Serono, Astellas, the European Medicines Agency, and more.

MHRA and Novartis lead consortium to develop adverse drug reaction app

MHRA and Novartis lead consortium to develop adverse drug reaction app

08-Sep-2014 - The drug industry and regulators have teamed up to develop a smartphone app to make the gathering and reporting of adverse drug reactions easier.

Synthon sells Czech plant to Mercachem in API consolidation move

Synthon sells Czech plant to Mercachem in API consolidation move

08-Sep-2014 - Synthon has consolidated its Czech API capabilities through the sale of a laboratory and pilot scale plant in Prague to CRO Mercachem.

Evonik invests in Japanese silica capacity

Evonik invests in Japanese silica capacity

08-Sep-2014 - Chemicals firm Evonik has expanded its capacity in Japan to cope with high demands for specialty silica, used in various drugmaking operations.